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Brief History of the Future: The Origins of the Internet
     

Brief History of the Future: The Origins of the Internet

by John Naughton
 

ISBN-10: 1585670324

ISBN-13: 9781585670321

Pub. Date: 06/26/2000

Publisher: Overlook

The Internet is the most remarkable achievement of humankind since the pyramids. A millennium from now, historians will look back at it and marvel that a people equipped with such clumsy tools succeeded in creating such a leviathan.

Yet even as the Net pervades our lives, we begin to take it for granted. Many have lost the capacity for wonder. Most of us have no

Overview

The Internet is the most remarkable achievement of humankind since the pyramids. A millennium from now, historians will look back at it and marvel that a people equipped with such clumsy tools succeeded in creating such a leviathan.

Yet even as the Net pervades our lives, we begin to take it for granted. Many have lost the capacity for wonder. Most of us have no idea where the Internet came from, how it works, or who created it and why. And even fewer have any idea what it means for society and the future.

John Naughton has written a warm and passionate book whose heroes are the visionaries who laid the foundations of the postmodern world. A Brief History of the Future celebrates the engineers and scientists who implemented their dreams in hardware and software and explains the values and ideas that drove them. Although its subject seems technical, the book in fact is a highly personal account. John Naughton writes about the Net the way Nick Hornby writes about soccer -- as a part of life, and as a key influence on his own voyage from solitary child to established academic and writer. A Brief History of the Future is an intimate celebration of vision and altruism, ingenuity and determination, and above all of the power of ideas to transform the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585670321
Publisher:
Overlook
Publication date:
06/26/2000
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgementsxiii
Part IWonderment
1Radio days3
2The digital beanstalk13
3A terrible beauty?25
Part IIA brief history of the future
4Origins49
5Imps77
6Hot potatoes92
7Hindsight110
8Packet post118
9Where it's @140
10Casting the Net151
11The poor man's ARPANET168
12The Great Unwashed184
13The gift economy193
Part IIIOnly connect ...
14Web dreams209
15Liftoff229
16Home sweet home253
Epilogue: The wisdom of the Net264
Notes278
A note on sources299
Glossary303
Index315

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